Spangdahlem participates in first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge

Roger Mead, Royal Air Force Alconbury, 423rd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, leads the race during the victim rescue obstacle during the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 5, 2014. The victim rescue is the last obstacle of five requiring a firefighter to carry a 175-pound mannequin 30 meters to the finish line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

Roger Mead, Royal Air Force Alconbury, 423rd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, leads the race during the victim rescue obstacle during the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 5, 2014. The victim rescue is the last obstacle of five requiring a firefighter to carry a 175-pound mannequin 30 meters to the finish line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Scott Weeks, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter from Green Bay, Wis., and Palvic Andraz, a firefighter from Bequnje Ha Gorenjskem, Slovakia, hoists a 40-pound weight at the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 5, 2014. Hoisting the weight simulates pulling tools or an additional hose from a building roof to combat a fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Scott Weeks, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter from Green Bay, Wis., and Palvic Andraz, a firefighter from Bequnje Ha Gorenjskem, Slovakia, hoists a 40-pound weight at the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 5, 2014. Hoisting the weight simulates pulling tools or an additional hose from a building roof to combat a fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jason Theriault, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron deputy fire chief from Gloucester, Mass., sprays water to extinguish a simulated fire at the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 5, 2014. Theriault carried hose 78 feet crossed a simulated door to a building and turned on the hose to extinguish the fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jason Theriault, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron deputy fire chief from Gloucester, Mass., sprays water to extinguish a simulated fire at the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 5, 2014. Theriault carried hose 78 feet crossed a simulated door to a building and turned on the hose to extinguish the fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Hickom, Ramstein Air Base, 435th Construction and Training Squadron U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa fire academy NCO in charge, hammers the Keiser force machine during the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 5, 2014. The Keiser force machine simulates hammering a hole into a burning building. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Hickom, Ramstein Air Base, 435th Construction and Training Squadron U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa fire academy NCO in charge, hammers the Keiser force machine during the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 5, 2014. The Keiser force machine simulates hammering a hole into a burning building. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

Beachtel Annaelle, a firefighter from Strasbourg, France, runs the obstacle course during the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 5, 2014. Firefighters from more than nine countries in Europe participated in the challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

Beachtel Annaelle, a firefighter from Strasbourg, France, runs the obstacle course during the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 5, 2014. Firefighters from more than nine countries in Europe participated in the challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Scott Weeks, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, from Green Bay, Wis., grasps the fire hose at the sound of the starting whistle during the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 6, 2014. The obstacle simulates carrying a hose up a burning building to extinguish a fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Scott Weeks, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, from Green Bay, Wis., grasps the fire hose at the sound of the starting whistle during the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 6, 2014. The obstacle simulates carrying a hose up a burning building to extinguish a fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Bunton, 435th Construction and Training Squadron U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa fire academy instructor, grabs the fire hose at the sound of the start horn during the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 6, 2014. This fire hose weighs more than 40 pounds and must be run up six flights of stairs at the challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Bunton, 435th Construction and Training Squadron U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa fire academy instructor, grabs the fire hose at the sound of the start horn during the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 6, 2014. This fire hose weighs more than 40 pounds and must be run up six flights of stairs at the challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

Gerd Mueller, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter crew chief from Gransdorf, Germany, hammers the Keiser force machine during the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 5, 2014. The Keiser force machine simulates hammering a hole into a burning building. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

Gerd Mueller, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter crew chief from Gransdorf, Germany, hammers the Keiser force machine during the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 5, 2014. The Keiser force machine simulates hammering a hole into a burning building. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

Spangdahlem Air Base honor guard members present the colors during the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge opening ceremony at Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 6, 2014. More than 200 firefighters from across Europe participated in the challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

Spangdahlem Air Base honor guard members present the colors during the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge opening ceremony at Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 6, 2014. More than 200 firefighters from across Europe participated in the challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Spangdahlem firefighters hosted and participated in the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge in Ediger-Eller, Germany, July 5-6, 2014.

"A firefighter combat challenge is where all the firefighters from across Europe come together to have fun and compete against each other," said U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jason Theriault, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron deputy fire chief. "We have firefighters here from Poland, Slovenia, Great Britain, Canada, France and three U.S. air bases in Europe."

The trial consisted of obstacles a firefighter could face while battling a real fire.

"The challenge simulates a structure fire, such as people going inside a building, hoisting up equipment, hammer blow, pulling hose and rescuing a victim," said Gerd Mueller, 52nd CES firefighter. "It's a task of five different events, combined into one sporting event."

Mueller was a key organizer of the challenge, which took more than six months to plan and execute.

"As firefighters, this is the best way to showcase our job to the public," Mueller said. "A lot of people think we just sit around waiting for a call, but we have to train and maintain our fitness and firefighting techniques."

The Spangdahlem firefighter team beat out firefighters from Ramstein Air Base and Royal Air Force Alconbury to take home the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa championship.

The challenge is known by firefighters as the toughest two minutes in sports.

"Pain!," said U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Scott Weeks, 52nd CES firefighter. "It's a pain like no other. You can train as hard as you can for this competition and you're still going to feel the same when you finish. Doesn't matter if you finish in four minutes or a minute and a half, you're going to feel the same."

To see the official results of the first Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge visit www.firefighter-challenge-mosel.de/. For up-to-date information on upcoming firefighter combat challenges Spangdahlem is competing in, visit https://www.facebook.com/SpangdahlemFCC.